Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994)
Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994)
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Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994)

R72-35

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Jan Schoonhoven (1914-1994)
R72-35
signed twice, titled and dated twice 'J. J. Schoonhoven 1972 "R72-35" Jan J. Schoonhoven 1972' (on the reverse)
acrylic on papier-maché relief on board
16 7/8 x 16 7/8in. (43 x 43cm.)
Executed in 1972
Provenance
Galerie M, Bochum.
Annemarie Verna Galerie, Zurich.
Private Collection, Europe.
Galerie Nordenhake AB, Stockholm.
David Zwirner, New York.
Acquired from the above by the present owner.
Exhibited
Zurich, Annemarie Verna Galerie, Jan Schoonhoven, 1972.
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Lot Essay

Created in 1972, the year of the artist’s traveling retrospective, the powerful geometry of R72-35 exemplifies Jan Schoonhoven’s commitment to an egalitarian order. Responding to the devastation wrought by the second world war, Schoonhoven committed himself to a structured order, evident in the strict lines of R72-35; in the title sequence, the ‘R’ stands for relief, while the subsequent digits mark the year and the series’ number. In the gridded papier-mâché relief, colour and form exist in equilibrium, Schoonhoven was affiliated with the influential ZERO group, where he worked closely with Heinz Mack, Günter Uecker and Otto Piene, among others. In the spirit of ZERO, Schoonhoven endeavoured to produce a new visual dynamism which can be seen in the fluctuating play shadows that flicker across the lit recesses of R72-35: ‘Within the strict limitations which he has placed upon himself, Schoonhoven has grown to be a formidable master. His oeuvre echoes various movements in contemporary art - abstract expressionism, minimal art, fundamental art, "neo-expressionism" - without ever losing any of its own identity’ (J. Wesseling, Schoonhoven. Visual artist, The Hague 1990, p. 8.).
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